Distribution of prevention resources and impact on sexual health in the USA

Harrell W. Chesson, Steven D. Pinkerton, David R. Holtgrave

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The hypothesis that reductions in sexually transmitted disease (STD) prevention resources can lead to subsequent increases in STD rates is known in the STD field as “Brown's Law.” This aphorism is named for Dr. William Brown, the former leader of what is now the Division of STD Prevention within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who warned against premature reductions in STD prevention budgets [1, 2]. “As the point of eradication is approached,” he said, “it is more often the program that is eradicated than the disease.” [2].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe New Public Health and STD/HIV Prevention
Subtitle of host publicationPersonal, Public and Health Systems Approaches
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781461445265
ISBN (Print)9781461445258
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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